City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

December 6, 2010

TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

December 6, 2010

(Approved)

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on December 6, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Denney, Van DeVere, Mundt, and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Robert Wolfington, George Ruhmann, Merv Petersen, and Bill Helget.

 

  1. The agenda was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. The November 9, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Under public express George Ruhmann thanked Mayor Lutterman for his service as Mayor and TRED board member.

 

  1. Motion made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to open the Truth in Taxation public hearing. No members of the public were present to discuss the proposed tax levy for 2011.

 

  1. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-27, setting the 2011 tax levy at $232,400.

 

  1. Bill Helget from Bolton and Menk Engineering was present to discuss the proposed agreement for professional services to be rendered on the water system improvements project. Bill noted that the agreement had been slightly amended to allow for a different payment schedule that would allow the City to pay for engineering services without securing interim financing. Motion made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve the professional services agreement.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with the 2011 budget and gave a brief explanation of the budgeting process and methodology used to arrive at the final budget figures. Tolsma explained that the current budget assumes a Local Government Aid amount in line with what the State of Minnesota has certified, although he noted that it was likely that the State Legislature would discuss changes to the LGA amounts in the upcoming session and that the City could be faced with looking for an alternative method of raising the funds if LGA amounts are cut as they have been the past two years. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve the 2011 Budget.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with 2011 liquor license applications. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve the liquor licenses.

 

  1. The City Council tabled the Legion utility assistance discussion until the January meeting.

 

  1. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve the addition of Selena Martinez to the Tyler Fire Department.

 

  1. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to accept Wayne Pearson’s airport snow removal bid for $125.00 an hour.

 

  1. The Council discussed 2011 wage rates for City employees and agreed to a 3% merit pay increase to be spread equally within each department. Motion made by Lutterman, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried with VanDeVere abstaining.

 

  1. The Council agreed to a 2011 salary of $48,000 for City Administrator Tolsma based on his performance and increased duties with the water project in 2011. Motion made by Thomsen, seconded by Lutterman, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. The Council discussed Police Chief John Spindler’s Union Contract and declined to accept the terms offered. Mayor Lutterman directed the personnel committee and staff to meet with John and his union representative to work on a new agreement.

 

  1. Police Chief John Spindler was present to give his report. Spindler and the Council discussed the new administrative citations that would be available for issuance by the Tyler Police Department.

 

  1. Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the council that the utilities crew had been busy with utility locates, snow removal, and decorating for browser night.

 

  1. City Attorney Petersen was present for his report. Petersen noted that the DNR had managed to open the partially blocked tile line and that the water was now draining at full capacity.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma had nothing to report.

 

  1. Mayor Lutterman recommended moving the date of the next council meeting to January 10, 2011 and thanked the Council, residents, and staff for letting him serve for the past two years. Motion made by Lutterman, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to move the next Council meeting to January 10, 2011.

 

  1. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by VanDeVere, and unanimously carried to approve the bills with coding changes.

 

  1. There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Lutterman adjourned the meeting at 8:51 p.m. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Lutterman, and unanimously carried to adjourn.
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